California Beaches


Coronado, CA Beaches

Beach hours: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Amenities: State Beach camping, fire rings, sand volleyball courts, restrooms, showers, dog beach, fishing pier

Consistently voted among America's finest beaches, Coronado's sandy shores glisten due to the mineral Mica in the sand.

Whether you're looking for a romantic island getaway with your partner, or a fun-filled family beach vacation, you'll find the idyllic beach paradise in The Crown City and neighboring regions. From the shores of Silver Strand State Beach to the tip of the Coronado Municipal Beach, you'll find plenty of wide open sand, gentle waves and gorgeous views.

The City of Coronado has approximately two miles
of beach between the Naval Air Station, North Island and the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado.
Main Tower: Central Beach (619) 435-1867
Portable Towers: North Beach &
the Coronado Shores
Daily: 9:00am to Dusk
Central Beach: Volleyball Courts, Restrooms, and
Beach accessible wheelchairs are available to the
public at no charge at the Main Lifeguard Tower on
a first come, first serve basis.
North Beach: Fire Rings, Dog Run, Dog Wash,
Alcohol and glass are not allowed on the Beach.
Fires are allowed ONLY in the rings at North
No kites allowed, except South of the Hotel Del
Curfew: 11:00pm to 6:00am
Dogs are only allowed at Dog Beach.
(page 5) and must be on voice command or
Smoking is not allowed.
The Beach may occasionally be closed by
authority of the San Diego County Department of
Environmental Health.
Beach Closure Information: (619) 338-2073

Coronado Central Beach runs along Ocean Boulevard with a back drop of fine homes and mansions. Beach accessible wheelchairs are available to the public, free of charge, at the Central Beach Lifeguard Tower. FIrst, it's clean! It's so touristy that they constantly pay people to come pick up the trash and level the sand. Second, the sand here feels really good on your feet. It is much finer grained than the sand at La Jolla Shores or Torrey Pines which is usually mixed with quartz and shells. Also there are less rocks here than normal here so less risk of walking on something sharp and pointy. Third, the beach is pretty long and side, even during high tide! That means more land to run around on before you encounter big waves. Fourth, when you come here, you not only get to cross the Coronado bridge, but you also get to see the Hotel Del which is a beautiful building and famous for all the movie star legends it used to host. It's a really beautiful backdrop! If you're here, I also recommend stopping by the Tideland park to get a good view of the San Diego coastline. If you have visitors in town, I highly recommend renting bicycles and taking the 7-10 mile bike trail from the Ferry landing to Coronado beach. It's a very lovely ride! Runs along Ocean Boulevard with a backdrop of fine homes and mansions all the way south to the Shores Condominiums. Restrooms and shower facilities. Lifeguards on duty seasonally. Tide pools and fishing in front of the Hotel del Coronado. Fire rings and dog run at north end. Free limited parking on Ocean Boulevard and at the Coronado Shores Condominiums public parking lot.

North Beach is the only dog friendly beach in the area and frequented by locals and their canine companions.

North, Central and South Beach Lifeguards on duty North Beach starts at Sunset Park, bordering North Island. North Beach extends down to about where G Street meets Ocean Blvd. Central Beach begins there and continues across the center line of Coronado to the line of palm trees bordering South Beach, which lies in front of the Hotel Del Coronado. This beach is one of Coronado's jewels, stretching the length of our little city, almost a mile long, from North Island to the Hotel Del.

Shores Beach begins at the cul-de-sac at the north end of the Coronado Shores condominiums and continues south to the fence line that borders the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. At the south end, when the tide is low, you can view the wreck of the Monte Carlo, partially submerged in sand.

Ferry Landing Marketplace offers a sandy beach area adjacent to fishing/ferry pier. With a grassy lawn and sweeping views of San Diego Bay, this is a great place to take in views of downtown San Diego while enjoying the tranquil waters of the bay. Small sandy beach adjacent to fishing/ferry pier. Grassy lawn with sweeping views of San Diego Bay. Restrooms. Free parking. This beach has a stunning view of downtown San Diego and is a popular spot for picnickers. Watch the Ferry come and go across The Big Bay. Kayakers tend to use this beach for launching their craft because of the semi-protected waters. (619) 435-8895.

Glorietta Bay offers a unique view of the Glorietta Bay Hotel and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. With a large grass-filled park, restrooms, playground equipment, and a small beach area, the Glorietta Bay Beach is a great beach for families. Located South of the Hotel del Coronado and City Hall, the Glorietta Bay Beach offers a unique view of the Glorietta Bay and the San Diego Coronado Bridge. Adjacent to the small beach area is a large grass-filled park, restrooms, playground equipment, and fire rings. This beach park on Glorietta Bay borders the fence of the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. A nice little beach and a beautiful park setting are situated next to the Coronado Municipal Pool and the boat launch ramp.

Silver Strand State Beach is located 4.5 miles south of Coronado Village along the Silver Strand. An underpass allows access to bayside beach and picnic area and Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Located 4.5 miles south of Coronado Village along the Silver Strand. Fire rings, lifeguards, restrooms, and showers. An underpass allows access to bayside beach and picnic area and Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Hours vary by season. $8 parking fee. Overnight RV camping is available. (619) 435-5184.

Tidelands Park There is a small beach here, and a spectacular view of the Coronado-San Diego Bridge. More conducive for wading than swimming, this beach is mostly used for the liveaboard boaters to beach their dinghies.

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